Our mission is to develop a semi-sustainable health clinic staffed by a Haitian doctor. The desire is to create a model which is small, community-focused, and encourages the use of Haitian resources and community involvement. The clinic is intended to meet the needs of this very under-educated, under-resourced community. There are basic medical needs, such as treatment of intestinal parasites, viral and bacterial infections, fungal issues, cholera and anemia, as well as educational needs such as crucial pre- and post-natal care. As the target population lives in extreme poverty and sustainability is a primary objective, the clinic will not function as a hospital in terms of dealing with more specialized medical treatments and surgeries. Our desire is to develop relationships with the existing hospitals in Gonaives for such services. To supplement we will continue to have the support of physicians coming from the US.
Our goal is to facilitate the development of a Haitian-run practice, where patients within our target communities pay a small fee per visit. The fees will be used to help offset the Haitian salaries and direct overhead expenses.
Mobile clinics take place in community hubs such as schools and churches. For many of Haiti’s poor, mobile medical clinics are their only access to medical care. Our team in Haiti, working with local community leaders with whom we have relationships, will identify under-served areas that would benefit from health services and spread the word that the team will be conducting a mobile clinic. Our mobile medical teams also consistently serve the medical needs of several orphanages with which we have relationships. When a team of clinicians and volunteers set up on location they register patients, provide check-ups, and prescribe treatments or refer them to follow-up care at local clinics and hospitals. Mobile clinics often reach the most vulnerable people—those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to health care.
We have the privilege of partnering with the Association Des Jeunes Medecins Et Infirmiers De’L Artibonite (Association of Young Doctors and Nurses of the Artibonite), an association of young Haitian doctors and nurses who volunteer their time to provide free clinics in some of the poorest communities in the Artibonite region (the department in which Gonaives lies). Several times each year, these medical professionals donate their weekends to running mobile medical clinics, usually seeing 200+ patients and bringing basic healthcare to the poorest of the poor. Hope Medical supports these efforts by providing medicines, diagnostic equipment, transportation, and their experience in administrating these events.
In a country where the educated often look down on the poor they are called to treat, it is our pleasure to partner with an organization of young Haitian professionals with a heart for Haiti’s poor. As an organization they have spent two years trying to raise the funds to run their first four mobile clinics. We’re excited to get behind this group and help bring their dreams to fruition.